Blackboard Upgrade – June 22/23/24 2019

Blackboard Summer upgrade 

The Blackboard VLE service will be upgraded on the weekend of 22/23 June with 24 June reserved as a contingency day.  Work will start on 22 June 2019 at 09:00 BST. 

We have once again negotiated within iSolutions for the upgrade work to take place over a weekend in order to minimise disruption to the University.  The following Monday is reserved as a contingency day.

Important materials on Blackboard can be downloaded before the system becomes unavailable during the upgrade window. 

Read below to find out how to download any materials you will need to use whilst Blackboard is unavailable.

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What you need to know

As we get closer to the upgrade we have some news for you about changes to Blackboard after we upgrade.

We have prepared a page containing videos and explanations at

Reducing the impact

If you were planning on using Blackboard during the upgrade weekend there are a number of steps you can take to mitigate the impact.

For students

dlDownload materials you will need before Saturday 22 June.

If you will need to refer to online materials in your Blackboard course during the upgrade weekend, you can download those materials to your computer, laptop, or mobile device in advance by following these guides.

recordingDownload Recorded Panopto Lectures and Sessions in advance to watch during the weekend

If your course utilises recorded lectures and sessions and the course instructor has allowed it, you can download those recordings in advance of the weekend upgrade.  You can then watch them on your computer, TV, or mobile device.

youtubeBookmark YouTube Videos

If your Blackboard course contains YouTube videos that you wish to watch during the upgrade weekend you should bookmark the videos in your browser, or add them to your YouTube favourites list so that you can find them whilst Blackboard is unavailable.

For staff

assessmentDownload Blackboard Grade Centre Data

If you anticipate the need to view data from your course’s Blackboard Grade Centre during the upgrade weekend, you can download it to an excel file.  This allows you to view the data whilst Blackboard is unavailable.


TIIExport grades from Feedback Studio to Excel

If, during the upgrade weekend, you will need to refer to Turnitin Feedback Studio summaries, you may download the files in advance for offline viewing.

TIIDownload Files Submitted to Turnitin

If, during the upgrade weekend, you will need to refer to student assignments submitted to Turnitin, you may download the files in advance for offline viewing.

submissionDownload Blackboard Assignment Feature submissions en masse

If you believe you will need to refer to submissions using the Blackboard Assignment Feature you may download them in advance for offline viewing on your computer or mobile device.

Frequently Asked Questions